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My travel advices on Casablanca and Morocco:
Morocco interior

Petits Taxis are everywhere which you will soon notice they are red and small and the big old Mercedes taxis are all white. As most people prefer to travel this way you will have to watch your back or you will be soon left out and have to look for another taxi. Taxi is used like a minibus transfer which means more people travel inside one up to the point when you can feel like a keeper in a can, So be careful always to tell the taxidriver where you are heading then you will see if he says yes or no to you, so itís a hazard but itís also fun and a cheap way to travel. I would not recomment the bus so much, the timetables are many times wrong and you might wait for hours.

If you're hiring a car in Casa, remember that the traffic can often be a nightmare and it doesn't take much to reach gridlock. Avoid driving if at all possible. The city is served by Mohammed V International Airport, Watch out from and to the airport you must use the train from Casa Voyageurs,the way between the airport and the city is about 30 minutes . If you want to get to the city center get off at Casa Voyageurs Station. The train system is very good and punctual so you can easily get to any cities.
There are plenty of hotels in and around Casa especially in the Old Medina and the Corniche . Problem is that the chance is high that they are full. Try great hotels, hostels or apartmans for great prices.

Eating out
Regardless of the size of your budget, you can find a superb place to enjoy a meal in Casa. Generally accepted as the best place to eat when in Morocco, Casablanca has a large variety of traditional, seafood and take-away eateries and if you donít look for the places owned by foreigners then you can have a nice meal out of a small budget. The moroccan food is excellent, try them in simple places, eat a good couscous on Friday especially and any type of Tagine (rouasted meat with veggies ) is just excellent. Watch out muslims do not eat any pork so donít ask for it.
Bars & Nightclubs
There are many bars and discos especially in the Corniche or in the downtown area. Just look for some good places where your feet leads you or if you are not that fit just ask any taxi driver. I rather prefer the moroccan places.
What to take care of:
Being a muslim country there are certain basic rules to take care of. The key is dressing. Is is accepted to see less dressed tourists everywhere but especially the women should rather dress a bit more covered, taking care of covering the shoulders, and wearing something rather large. Please donít wear bikinis on the street and nothing too thin especially for girl or women travellers travelling without men, otherwise they can find themselves in some uncosy situations.
People: First of all you will be surprised maybe how many people are always out on the streets. The way of life is different in Morocco, people donít hurry that much, also the unemployment rates are extremely high, most of the people live of doing business.
People in Morocco are very friendly. Of course like anywhere in the world take care who to talk to and who to make friends with in the downtown and please always behave politely. There are many policemen all around Morocco on the streets, the country is very strict in means of any criminal affairs. So if someone disturbs you look for a policemen and try to ask for help. Usually they speak English and French a bit.

The official language is arabic, and moroccans speak it in their own way, besides there are certain berber dialects, and french is learned in the schools, although being less and less famous, and young people concentrate rather on learning english.
Politeness and respect toward islam:
Be always polite and respect the muslim religion with behaviour and also with words. As you are hosted by a muslim country I think it is the least you can do.
Moroccan Dirham and 1 Dirham is worth roughly 0,1 EUR so the counting is easy. Morocco might be not that cheap as you might think, due to the growing numbers of visitors, it is unfortunately getting more expensive, but if you are smart you will find the places where you can get what you want for a cheaper price. Exhange in hotels
Paying with any tpye of bank or credit card:
Donít count on being able to pay with any of them, or even to get money with them. If possible donít take any credit card with you when you go out of the hotel and also inside always use the safe.
Weather and Ramadan: The weather is mild in Morocco but the winter is colder that you can imagine so if you want to go from April till june is the best time, from June it gets very hot until September which is great for those who would like to spend the majority of their freetime on the beach or by the pool. Ramadan is the month of festing stating in September and ending in october. Itís not that good to visit Morocco this time, as the foodshops are all closed and so are the restaurants too. People spend their time with praying and talking about the Holy Prophetís life and start to eat from 18.00 local time until 5.00 am as the sun goes down.
All port cities are more dangeorous then the others. You can go and ask for a tourguide in an office especially on your first day, they will tell you where to go and where not to go, beware of any people getting close to you, but donít ever act rude or discriminating, only take care of your stuff. Morocco is a very poor country and although all areas are heavily guarded by police some insults can always happen. So act smart and donít go to dark and silent streets if possible and donít wear too much expensive stuff on you unless you want to go all way long by car.
First of all donít expect K-Markt or any of the shops you are used to. Although the countryís Tesco is called Marjane, but not many people go there to shop, so shopping is done in the little shops you will see that have just anything and everything to sell from break to tyres. The soaps , shampoos and shower gels altogether with the hair colorants are all sold in little bags, looking like the small product samples in the magazines. And watch out ladies, many shampoos are in fact coloured.
Moroccan hospitality


On Disney Cruises

June 10th 2009 19:02
Disney cruises

Disney Wonder Cruise ships both operate from the Bahamas, from the their homeport in Port Canaveral along with Castaway Cay, which is the private island of Walt Disney Company. Both cruise ships belong to the Disney Cruise Line, as part of the Walt Disney Company, one of the most succesful and biggest companies in the world.

The Walt Disney Cruises are special crusies designed for and by the Walt Disney company, targeting mainly the families, being the very first cruise line in the industry who has the special aim to become a family cruise line, with providing colorful programs, and various facilities for all ages. Being a family cruise line they are also the very first cruise line who do not include casinos among their facilities.

The Headquarters of the Disney Cruises is located in Celebration, Florida, it is also the main port of the cruises.

Currently there are two wonder cruise ships, the Disney Magic and the Disney Wonder.
Both have been built in Italy, Disney Magic was the first to start to operate from July 1998. followed by Disney Wonder in the next yearís July. Both ships have the traditional Disney colours, red, dark blue and white both painted with famous Disney animation characters.

Each Disney Wonder Cruise ship has the same capacity and provides the same facilities only with slight differences in their programmes, facilities and in their style: Art Deco interior for the Disney magic and Art Novo for the Disney Wonder. Also, itís only the Disney Wonder that has a proper Conference Center among the two ships.

Both ships has 875 staterooms, in altogether 12 categories from the luxury suite till the normal cabin, inlcuding special rooms for big families and also for handicapped guests.

There are altogether 10 decks on a ship each with different role, most of the entertaining facilities can be found on the 3rd, 4th and 5th decks. Both ships are exclusively designed to be able to entertain just every guests in the very same time. Facilities include the 3 main restaurants for both ships, cafťs and bars, various swimming pools for different ages, place for outdoor sports such as running and some adult-only places specially designed for relaxing.

Each guest will eat in all the 3 restarurants, by a special rotation sytem designed by the company, so everyone will find their restaurant tickets provided for each day of their stay including their scheduled time to go to eat.

Each ship provides nursery and playing rooms for children of all ages, inlcuding programmes and places also for teens, in order to secure everyone can have their happy holiday no matter how old they are.
The company will soon expand itís fleet by 2 more boats, both made in Germany this time. ĄThe Disney Dream Ą and ĄDisney FantasyĒ are scheduled to start operating in 2011 and 2012. Both ships will be 2 decks taller than their predecessors, with 375 additional staterooms and with more facilities to offer.

Get on your Soapbox in Hyde Park London

October 19th 2008 21:30
A great way to spend a Sunday morning in London is at Speakers Corner in Hyde Park. Located at the North East end of the Park near Marble Arch Tube Station, Speakers Corner allows people to speak on any subject without fear of legal repercussions, unless of course you are talking about the monarchy, or over throwing the British Government.

You do not need an invitation to speak just a passion for your subject. The morning I visited, I heard discussions and debates on range of topics, from the state of moral decline in society, to the war in Iraq, as I moved from one group to the next. Of course, there were also the extreme Christians.

At first, you may think that it is just nutters having a rant, and there certainly a few of those, but listen closely, there are some very clever speakers who really know their stuff. Some of the more well-known people who have rallied at Hyde Park are Karl Marx, Orwell, and Lenin.

There is plenty of crowd participation to, as visitors debate and heckle with the speakers.

I have been told that the origin of the saying ďOn your SoapboxĒ originates back to the 1870s when there used to be a Sunlight Soap Factory across the road. Factory staff used to bring the wooden soapboxes over to speakers corner to use as a platform. Nowadays speakers stand on stepladders but the debates are no less intense or passionate.

Travel is all about meeting and learning about other people. I walked away from speakers corner feeling mentally stimulated, and privileged at having the opportunity to glimpse the workings of other peopleís psyches.

What ís more, this one of the very few free performances you are going to see in London.



Things to Do in London For Free

October 16th 2008 00:21
With credit crunches, volatile stock markets, and talk of recession, itís only natural for people to be a bit nervous about spending money at the moment. So I have made a list of 5 things to do in London that are free!

1. Visit a museum
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The London Eye

October 2nd 2008 05:51
For the best view of London and the surrounding area, take a ride on the British Airways London Eye.

The Eye, which opened in March 2000, has quickly become one of the most popular tourist attractions in London, and it is not difficult to understand why. On a clear day, you can see for up to 25 miles

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Hunting for Jack the Ripper - London

September 28th 2008 06:38
jack the Ripper
He came silently out of the midnight shadows of August 31, 1888. Watching. Stalking. Butchering raddled, drink-sodden East End prostitutes. Leaving a trail of blood and gore that led...nowhere

Now itís your turn to follow in Jack the Rippers bloodstained footprints, around the chilly dark streets of Whitechapel London

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The British Museum London

September 23rd 2008 12:52
Take a step back in time with a visit to the British Museum in London. This immense museum dates back to 1753, where it grew from a collection of manuscripts purchased with the proceeds of lottery.

It is one of the best in the world, with exhibitions dating from prehistoric to modern day times, drawn from across the world

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The Tower of London

September 18th 2008 14:17
The Tower of London, built over 900 years ago by William the Conqueror has certainly seen a lot of action. This is where Ann Boleyn was executed, Guy Fawkes was interrogated, and Elizabeth I and Richard II were incarcerated.

The Tower of London

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I remember a few years ago in London seeing Nigel Havers, (who has starred in a lot of British TV) Roger Lloyd Pack (Only Fools and Horses and the Vicar of Dibley) and the guy that played the detective Vandervault (I canít remember his name) performing in the play, ĎArtí in Londonís West End. It was so exciting to see three well-known actors performing live and me just three rows away from them.

Unfortunately for many Aussies and Kiwis the exchange rate is not our favour and going to a West End show can be an expensive business. Well donít despair there are ways for you to some great West End Shows at heavily discounted rates

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